Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” because there are often no symptoms until permanent vision damage has occurred. Depending on the type of glaucoma you have, you may experience some of the following symptoms of glaucoma in the later stages:
- Open angle glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages and vision remains normal. As the optic nerve becomes more damaged, blind spots begin to appear in the field of vision. You typically won’t notice these blind spots in your day-to-day activities until the optic nerve is significantly damaged and these spots become large. Eventually, if all the optic nerve is damaged, blindness occurs.
- Many people with closed angle glaucoma have no symptoms at all and have completely normal vision. In severe cases, where the eye pressure becomes extremely high very quickly, the following symptoms may occur:
- Blurred vision
- Severe eye pain
- Rainbow-colored halos around lights
- Nausea and vomiting
The symptoms above indicate a true eye emergency. If you have any of these symptoms, call your ophthalmologist immediately. Unless this type of glaucoma is treated quickly, severe optic nerve damage may result.
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, more than 120,000 people in the United States are blind from glaucoma. To learn more about your own eye health and keep an eye on your eye pressure, schedule an eye exam in Orange County, CA, with us today – even if you are not experiencing any vision problems.